Gigabyte is preparing to launch its first mini-desktop PC with a low-power Intel Bay Trail processor. The company is showing off a new fanless PC that measures just 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 1.9″ called the Gigabyte BRIX Fanless.

Actually, that may be more of a description than a name, but it’s a pretty good description.

Gigabyte Brix fanless

The system is powered by an Intel Celeron Bay Trail-M processor that offers a bit more performance than you’d get from an Atom processor, but uses significantly less power than even a 4th-gen Intel Core “Haswell” processor. Lower power consumption means lower heat generation, and that means the passive heat sink built into the case should be enough to keep this little computer from overheating.

Gigabyte is showing off a model with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, VGA, Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports, a single RAM slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay. The company typically offers its BRIX computers as barebones systems, which means that if and when this model hits the market you’ll probably have to supply storage, memory, and an operating system yourself. Everything else is built-in.

via Legit Reviews and FanlessTech

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8 replies on “Gigabyte BRIX fanless mini PC is powered by Bay Trail”

  1. I like it! Even for their fanless devices, Gigabyte should adopt a no-shiny surface design on all their BRIX devices. Shiny surfaces on electronics always seem cheap and ugly to me.

    Is BRIX an acronym for something? It’d be nice to know what it means because without knowing it, it just sounds like a brick which has negative connotations in the electronics world.

    1. there’s no way this thing is only outfitted with VGA output. more likely, the specific ports aren’t decided yet and whoever mocked up that info display took it to mean video output or something

  2. Why only one SO-DIMM slot? What’s the max memory you can upgrade to with only 1 slot?

  3. If this is under $200 it would make a great low-power nettop/HTPC. I believe the Celeron Atoms are capable of rendering locally stored 1080p video. Perfect for XBMC, especially with a light Linux distro.

    1. I can’t find benchmarks for Bay Trail-M I hope they’re not crippled.

      There’s still NUC 1st gen with Ivy Bridge around 150$, granted they’re probably less extensible.

      1. The first rumored CPU – Celeron N2810 (959 CPU Benchmark) – is on par with the mobile Sandy Bridge Celeron 847 (993 CPU Benchmark). Graphics should be significantly more solid too.

        The Bay Trail NUC will be $150 but since the case is more elaborate, I expect a sub-200$ BRIX. Still very nice.

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